Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cinema 5 - Ayala Center Cebu

I think it has been years since we last watch a movie in a cinema theater. The DVD player and home theater is giving the movie cinemas a very good competition. But passing the Ayala cinemas on some Sundays from the chapel, my sister and I became curious on the new trends and developments that went about while we were not looking...

True enough, there is a new movie theater in Ayala Center, the Cinema 5. Last Sunday, finally we decided to try and watch the Interstellar in the latest and newest theater addition.

Bought tickets in a central station
The queue is carefully being monitored by a guard
Buying tickets is fast and easy
Food is available nearby
Cinema 5 is located in the newly added wing near Fudge Restaurant
That's the entrance to the cinema, another guard on watch
We are going in...

Sorry, we were not able to take photos inside, but let me describe the place... Because it is new, it is very clean. It is carpeted. Seats are designed like stairs so that no head block one's view. The new seats are bigger and comes with a head rest. There is a bigger allowance between seats, so that legs can be comfortably stretched. The airconditioning is very cold. And the sound system is great! Everybody is seated, and I noticed nobody comes in the middle of the show. That's good! We should be encouraged to watch a movie from the beginning. When we went out, there was a long line of people waiting to go inside. That should be the way to go. No pushing, no shoving... Overall my sister and I enjoyed our movie that Sunday afternoon.

Honored and Humbled ... BCBA Awards 2014

When I found out I was chosen as a finalist for the Best Cebu Personal Blog Category for 2014, I couldn't believe it! Hohoho-hoho! Crazy happy feeling ... I felt honored and humbled at the same time.

"The Best Cebu Blogs Awards (BCBA) is a yearly Awarding Ceremony of Cebu-based Bloggers. BCBA is the only and pioneering award giving body that recognizes the existence of blogs and bloggers in Cebu’s blogosphere. It acknowledges the existence and importance of Cebu Bloggers in the Visayas and in the Philippines. BCBA aims to recognize the finest blogs by Cebuanos and Cebu-based bloggers which are at par even with their foreign counterparts."

Last November 18, I received the much anticipated Invitation from BCBA for the Awards Night to be held on December 07, 2014 at Avalon in Cebu Business Park. I couldn't contain my excitement at the prospect of meeting Cebu's finest bloggers and the prime movers in promoting Blogging in Cebu.

This is the 7th Awards night, and it is made possible with the help of the following sponsors:  

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The Best Cebu Blogs Awards Night Venue is at The Avalon by Primary Homes Incorporated, Your Reliable Partner.

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Thank you BCBA for giving me a chance to be part of this wonderful event! My Salute to all who gave their valuable support!

As for me, couldn't stop myself from counting the days towards December 07, 2014...  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Lemon Grass (Ayala Center Cebu)

Lemon Grass is a personal favorite. It is located in the Ground level of Ayala Terraces, overlooking the gardens. It is a small and cozy restaurant that served Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. My favorites are the noodles and the spring rolls, while my sister finds their pork belly very soft and yummy. Yes, I find their food tasteful, and I wouldn't mind coming again and again. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Cebu IT Park

About 10 to 15 minutes drive from Cebu Business Park sans traffic, along Salinas Drive is Cebu IT Park. It is just a stone throw away from another popular Cebu landmark, the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino

For those not very familiar with Cebu IT Park, it is the hub of Cebu's Business Process Outsourcing Industry (BPO) and home to most of the information technology and related services companies. Majority of the new working force in Cebu City find jobs here. Hence it can be said, it is the new and vibrant economic hub of Cebu City.

Let's take a peek inside Cebu IT Park...
Arch at the entrance of  Cebu IT Park 
TGU Tower near the entrance of IT Park
My sister watching the turtles in the water pond along the sidewalk
A turtle playing in the water pond
People love to sit here when the afternoon is cooler
Cafes at the sidewalk
Taxis are very accessible at the doorsteps
Nice looking skyrises
Plants integrated in the sidewalk landscape - love it!

New Building undergoing construction
Roads interconnecting inside the IT Park
Some jeepneys are allowed to pass within for convenience in moving from one area to another
The Walk
There are many fast foods and restaurants available to choose from
Pretty landscape and trees that provide shade
Pretty fishes in the cute water pond
A high rise building

Globe has its Building here also
Qualfon Building
I'm sure this area is filled with people in the evenings

Skyrise Building 4
Going further inside IT park, more open spaces 
The silhouette of some mountains from where I was standing...

I find Cebu IT Park pretty with its tree-lined avenues and beautiful landscape. It has a good location too in the city. It reminds me so much of Makati when I used to work there, only a smaller version. But I think it is in fact much prettier compared to Makati because Cebu is quite small that one can easily see mountain or sea views from the sky rise buildings. It is a good reminder that we are not in a purely concrete jungle. However the only thing that can mar its advantages is - during rush hours in the late afternoon and early evening, traffic in Salinas Drive and neighboring Banilad is really terrible.